Featured in “Beauty of the Bursts” it has a long history of various collectors. I immediately named it treasure because it’s one of my prized possessions in my collection.
Many years ago the pickup covers were removed exposing double-white PAF’s and the Bigsby bar was removed. I’ve played the song “Slow Train” on it more times than I can remember!
A few popular books state that the serial numbers re-started with V0000001 when the new Corona, Ca factory opened. If you look at my fullerton inventory, you can see that this is just a broad generality.
From my experience, any serial number below V016000 denotes a guitar made at the fullerton plant (1982-1984).
I am lucky to own it, and is one of my cherished Fender guitars in my collection.
Ash body, Bakelite parts and the best neck I have found on a 1956 Stratocaster. It was being sold at a substantial loss after fetching almost 0,000 a few years ago.
So, obviously a neck date, while being helpful in providing a date range of production, cannot be a definitive reference.
Each American Reissue Stratocaster that left the factory had one of these V serial numbers stamped into the neckplate.
As a general rule of thumb, serial numbers can be used to denote a year range for a particular guitar. As a broad generality V000001-V004000 denote a 1982 guitar, V004000-V010000 denote a 1983 guitar, and V010000-V016000 denotes a 1984 guitar.
Of course, there are exceptions to this generalization.
I have come across many guitars with a serial number in the V012000's with a 1982 neckdate.